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December 18, 2012

Excerpts of an interview with John Ayanian, the new director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

On being appointed the new director This is a very exciting opportunity at the University of Michigan. The university leaders, faculty members and researchers have been planning this institute for over two years now and I have been very impressed with the level of thought and commitment that has been devoted to developing the concept of this institute and bringing it to reality.

On collaboration What’s unique about IHPI is...

December 18, 2012

Colin Duckett, PhD, Director of NCRC Program Development, speaks on important new research. In a recent interview with, Colin Duckett, PhD, director of program development at NCRC shared his optimism about one of the several research programs being developed at NCRC - research to benefit patients facing cancer. Moving his own lab to NCRC this month, he is excited about the new Translational Oncology Program at NCRC, led by Diane Simeone, MD. Under the umbrella of this program, medical researchers, biologists, chemists, pharmacologists and engineers have begun to co-locate to...

December 18, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, NCRC is well situated on the trajectory of growth. A look at some indicators provide a picture of vibrant growth:

Over 1,700 people now work at NCRC. Research growth at NCRC has been significant. With seven well-established, interdisciplinary research programs and eight scientific core services, 148 faculty members and several other researchers, doctoral and post-doctoral students and technicians, the promise of cutting edge research is becoming a reality. NCRC is now home to the nationally significant Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI)...
December 12, 2012

Highly advanced microscopes offer new opportunities for collaboration and equipment sharing.

NCRC will soon become the new home of some of the most advanced microscopy equipment in the State of Michigan. The Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL), a facility used by scientists across many disciplines to precisely characterize the structure and chemical composition of materials at the nanoscale, is moving to NCRC thanks to a collaborative partnership between U-M’s Engineering and Medical schools.

The move places EMAL just around the corner from the Medical School...

November 28, 2012

NCRC was one of the three sites for a two year study funded by the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research, the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR), and the U-M Medical School to assess collaboration and physical proximity.

For the study, the research team conducted surveys of 172 faculty and research staff members in three U-M buildings, and also used extensive administrative data. The conclusion is that when researchers share a building, and especially a floor, the likelihood of forming new collaborations and obtaining funding increases dramatically.


November 28, 2012

In a recent interview, Paul H. Krebsbach, DDS, PhD, Biologic & Materials Sciences Professor and Chair, U-M School of Dentistry, shares how the unique features of NCRC will impact the nature of his research.

Please tell us about your move to NCRC and your participation in the Biointerfaces Institute. I was on the original committee with Professor Jeorg Lahann to come up with the concepts for the Biointerfaces Institute, so I’ve been involved with the planning efforts since the early stages. It is exciting for me as a biologist to be surrounded by a range of...

November 15, 2012

In keeping with the spirit of research, the NCRC Art Program generates an environment of inspiration and innovation through the display of art and through arts programming with the intention of stimulating creative scientific minds. The exhibition Art Under the Microscope presents impressive scientific imagery interpreted through textile arts, a perfect blending of art and science. We are delighted to present this unique exhibition to the NCRC community and beyond.

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare has partnered with the University of Michigan Health System's Gifts of Art...

November 09, 2012

Patient Food and Nutrition Services Moves Kitchen from NCRC back to the hospital after completed renovations.

Another phase in Patient Food and Nutrition Services’ “room service” delivery model was completed this week when PFANS moved its patient food production center and Meals on Wheels preparation functions out of the North Campus Research Complex to a renovated kitchen on Level B2 of University Hospital.

NCRC Building 18 was home to the U-M Hospital’s patient food production center and Meals on Wheels preparation functions for the past fourteen months while a new and...

November 09, 2012

Mark S. Cohen MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Endocrine Surgery Research recently moved his lab to NCRC from the University of Kansas, as part of the Translational Oncology program. We spoke with him recently.

About his research and his move to NCRC We are very excited to move in here at NCRC. As a clinician/scientist, I try to bridge my translational cancer research into clinical applications for patients with endocrine tumors, head and neck cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma. My clinical efforts are focused on cancer patients with...

November 09, 2012

The University of Michigan Health System has earned a $9.1 million core grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve disease diagnosis through metabolic profiling.

With the support, the U-M will create the Michigan Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Research Core, one of only three centers in the country that will help researchers examine small molecules called metabolites to detect changes in cell behavior and organ function.

The sum of all metabolites at any given moment — the metabolome — is a form of chemical readout of the state of health of the cell or...

November 09, 2012

A new annual report shows how the North Campus Research Complex has delivered on several promises in the last three years. A quick look at some key facts about NCRC provides a picture of vibrant growth. Over 1,600 people now work at NCRC. Research growth at NCRC has been significant. With seven well-established, interdisciplinary research programs and eight scientific core services, 148 faculty members and several other researchers, doctoral and post-doctoral students and technicians, the promise of cutting edge research is becoming a reality. NCRC is now home to the nationally significant...

June 28, 2012

In June 2009, U-M purchased the site now known as the North Campus Research Complex from Pfizer, and began transforming it into a vibrant hub for interdisciplinary research and public-private partnership. Three years later, that transformation is in full swing, and plans for further growth at NCRC are under way.

Some fast facts:

1,423 faculty, staff, students and private company employees work at NCRC

294,000 square feet of laboratory and office space are now in use

440,700 square feet, nearly half...

June 25, 2012

First researchers move to new home of U-M’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at North Campus Research Complex

With a common goal of making health care better, safer, more cost effective and more equal, nearly 400 health researchers from across the University of Michigan and partner organizations have formed one of the nation’s largest research entities of its kind.

The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, which opened its new home just days ago, unites members of an already strong health care research community in a new way – making U-M a true...

January 20, 2012

Lycera Corp. settles into new space as public-private partner at complex

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With a new leader and new labs at the North Campus Research Complex, Lycera Corp. has the space it needs to continue to unravel the challenge of treating autoimmune diseases.

Lycera, founded by a U-M professor, pioneers innovative approaches to the discovery and development of novel oral medicines for treating autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

The company moved into 14,000 square feet at NCRC this fall, bringing 25 employees, including a new chief...

January 12, 2012

New medical school department finds home at NCRC

In the fast-changing world of medical research, computational medicine and bioinformatics is an emerging field in which scientists are asking how they can use the scalability of computers, computational methods, and the growing tsunami of heterogeneous data and information resources to develop general biological and biomedical solutions applicable to a variety of specific problems.

U-M has an already established and successful Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (CCMB), a campus-wide interdisciplinary...

October 13, 2011

You are hereHome › NCRC by the Numbers NCRC BY THE NUMBERS An Update on the North Campus Research Complex

In 2009, when the University purchased the former Pfizer complex near North Campus and established the North Campus Research Complex, the vision was to create “a world of fast-paced scientific discovery that ignites improvements to human­ity’s health and well-being.”

At the time, it was hard to predict how quickly that vision might take flight. Just two years later, that vision is rapidly becoming a reality.

ncrc growth diagramThis diagram represents the areas...

August 31, 2011

U-M launched its Venture Accelerator, part of U-M Tech Transfer, at the NCRC with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony in January 2011. Occupying 18,000 square feet at the NCRC, the Venture Accelerator focuses exclusively on enhancing the quality and speed of developing high-potential new ventures based on U-M technology. Accelerator tenants have access to Tech Transfer's Venture Center to help them refine business models, attract investors, acquire gap funding and connect to talent who enhance the company's quality and sustainability. Accelerator tenants can also seek guidance from...

August 11, 2011

Imagine having a serious illness that will respond to drugs specifically tailored to you – taking into account your genetic makeup, your drug tolerance, even your other illnesses. This is an example of “personalized medicine,” and research being conducted at the University of Michigan is bringing this next step in healthcare closer to actual patients every day.

Jay L. Hess, M.D., Carl Vernon Weller Professor and Chair of Pathology, who is heading up the UMHS deployment team in personalized medicine, describes personalized medicine as providing “The right treatment, for the right...

August 03, 2011

“A dozen leading pharmaceutical companies are now pursuing work we pioneered,” says Haile Tecle, Ph.D., “but nobody would touch this in the beginning.”

Tecle is referring to the successful MEK kinase inhibitor cancer research he and Judith Sebolt-Leopold and their team have conducted since the 1990s when they both worked at Pfizer Pharmaceutical Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Now their former Pfizer facility is the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, purchased by U-M in 2009 after Pfizer left town – and a testbed for translational and interdisciplinary...